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#1 fatcat776655

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 07:28 PM

hey everyone, how's it going?

i ran into some trouble last night. my laptop decided not to boot and gave me the blinking underscore in the top left corner. i was at first worried about overheating so i gave it an hour and switched out the harddrives to one of my older ones and it booted fine, so the computer def works.

so i switched back to the problem hd (160 gig western digital scorpio) and booted from the cd-rom into the recovery console and went through these steps:

1) changed attributes for boot.ini
2) deleted boot.ini
3) bootcfg /rebuild
4) chkdsk /r (said /f is not a valid parameter, i was under the impression that /r implies /f...)
5) fixboot

everything went fine, /fastdetect load option, chkdsk found some errors but they were recoverable and fixed (i hope? no /f parameter :[). one other nagging thing, i hit enter too fast and didn't get to put anything under the "load identifier prompt", i don't know if that would mess it up but i am going to do it all over again and make sure i put something in that field...

anyway, i'm going to assume the empty load identifier field doesn't matter...do i need to next use the FIXMBR command? i'm not too familiar with the recovery console because i take great care of my computers and have never really had an issue like this before, so i feel it is prudent to get some advice on how to use FIXMBR. also, could the hd be toast? i figure if the drive is toast none of the above would work.

inspiron 8600
1.5 ghz
win xp pro sp3
1 gig RAM

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 08:13 PM

The fixmbr command is the standard cure for the blinking cursor, black screen. Has nothing to do with the boot.ini file.

Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

How to rebuild the Windows boot.ini Using Bootcfg - http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000648.htm

How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console - http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:09 AM

so i can just use FIXMBR? i get a warning that the computer appears to have a non-standard or invalid master boot record and that i may damage the partition tables if i countinue...advice?

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 09:20 AM

Continue, that's a standard warning that I see every time I have used the fixmbr command.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:11 PM

update: so FIXMBR didn't work, i still get the blinking underscore after POST when trying to boot. could the first few sectors of the hd be bad? chkdsk comes back with no errors.

would a repair install do anything?

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:19 PM

There is no magic answer.

The hard drive may be malfunctioning...the file system could be damaged...XP could be damaged...etc.

Trying a repair install with the correct CD cannot hurt anything, it remains to be seen if it helps.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 05:32 PM

alright, more advice needed...i am using an OEM XP pro full sp1 disk. the repair option will work using this disk even tho my current version of windows is sp3?

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 06:18 PM

No.

Well...sort of...you would (probably) wind up with a probable overwrite of your current system, with the possibility that the result will not function properly.

I forced one once, just to see what would happen...it wasn't pretty and I just did a clean install of XP.

Read How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install (Stevens) - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm.

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